Mother Jones Radio 06-07-30: John Dean; "Back-Door" Tax Cuts for the Rich; Christian Rock
John Dean gained fame as the former Nixon legal counsel who became the
star witness in the Watergate prosecution. Now he's back in the
spotlight with a new book that claims the Republican party is being
run by extremist "conservatives without conscience." Dean tells why
he's optimistic that the party can move back to the center.
Also, the IRS is slashing the number of auditors who work on gift and
estate taxes -- in other words, taxes for the wealthiest Americans.
Does this amount to a back-door tax cut for the rich? We talk to David
Cay Johnston, the reporter who broke the story. Johnston is also the
author of "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System
to Benefit the Super Rich."
Plus, fertility doctors can pick and choose the patients they choose
to serve. But what happens to potential parents who are turned away by
doctor after doctor -- because they're gay, because they have a
disability, or for a host of other reasons? Does everyone have the
right to have a baby? We talk to Elizabeth Weil, author of Mother
Jones' July 2006 article on the subject. And political satirist Will
Durst weighs in on Bush's veto of the stem cell research bill.
Finally, Christian music outsold jazz, new age, and classical combined
in 2003, reports Spin magazine contributor Andrew Beaujon. But to
many, genres like Christian rock are unfamiliar territory. Beaujon
takes us on a tour of Christian rock, from moralistic hard rock to
U2-esque "worship music." "Music is the public square of evangelical
Christianity," Beaujon writes, "a place where all these visions of
Christ get a hearing."
Web extra: We check in with our regular analyst Robert Dreyfuss about
the current conflict in Israel and Lebanon.